'Overweight' man who 'blocked' exit on crashed plane says he couldn't get refund


‘This is Dmitry Khlebushkin. He saved his backpack. And he is looking really great, knowing that everyone further back than the 11th row died.’

He was not the only one to rescue his luggage, others can be seen throwing their bags down the inflatable slide while others perished towards the rear of the plane.

One comment stated: ‘The first passengers tried to throw out their bags from the cabin and then to slide down. This is why there are delays…’

Khlebushkin had praised the stewardesses for help in evacuating the plane.

He said: ‘It was dark, the temperature was high, they were pulling people out of there.

‘They helped people to go down the slide.’

But then he told Life online news: ‘My second point – Aeroflot airline… It consists of heartless and unprofessional people.



‘I failed to get a refund for my ticket for 40 minutes. And in the end I did not get it at all.’

ForumAvia said: ‘That fat man from the video who was angry that he did not get a refund within 40 minutes – he surely took his bag from the overhead compartment despite all the other people – because he “paid”.

A day after Sunday’s disaster at Sheremetyevo airport, Russian news media quoted the pilot, Denis Evdokimov, as saying he followed procedures for landing with excess weight, but the crew reportedly did not dump any fuel, which is common for flights that have to land soon after take-off to prevent being too heavy.

The pilot said he was not certain why the plane landed hard.

Survivor Marina Sitnikova said: ‘Everything happened right away, at lightning speed. There was a strong blow – my eyes almost popped out – a second was a little quieter, a third, and then smoke, and it started to burn immediately.’



This handout picture taken and realeased on May 5, 2019, by the Investigative Committee of Russia shows a fire of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow. - The Interfax agency reported that the plane, a Russian-made Superjet-100, had just taken off from Sheremetyevo airport on a domestic route when the crew issued a distress signal. At least one person is died according to Russian agencies. (Photo by HO / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHO/AFP/Getty Images

When the plane came to a halt, some of the people aboard plunged down inflatable slides deployed from the forward part of the plane.

Some of those who escaped were carrying luggage, raising concerns that grabbing their bags may have delayed an evacuation in which every second was critical.

‘I do not know what to say about people who ran out with bags. God is their judge,’ survivor Mikhail Savchenko wrote on Facebook.

Mr Evdokimov said the plane had lost radio communications because of a lightning strike, but it was not clear if that precipitated the emergency landing.

A flight attendant said there was a sharp flash soon after the Aeroflot flight took off, bound for the northern city of Murmansk.



Tatiana Kasatnika said in a video posted on YouTube: ‘We took off, got into a cloud, there was strong hail, and at that moment there was a pop and some kind of flash, like electricity.’

Russia’s main investigative agency said the plane’s data and voice flight recorders were recovered from the wreckage.

Agency spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that investigators were looking into three main possibilities behind the cause of the disaster: inexperienced pilots, equipment failure and bad weather.

Storms were passing through the Moscow area when the plane landed.

One survivor praised the plane’s attendants for helping save him and others.




Dmity Khlebnikov said: ‘It was dark and there was gas, very high temperature. They helped people out of there, helped them to descend.’

The SSJ100, known as the Superjet, was heralded when it came into service in 2011 as a new phase for Russia’s civil aviation industry. It was introduced as a replacement for outdated Soviet-designed aircraft.

But the plane has been troubled by concerns about defects in the horizontal stabilisers. Russia’s aviation authority in 2017 ordered inspection of all Superjets in the country because of the problems.

Mexican airline Interjet grounded Superjets in December 2016 and later said it was phasing them out of the fleet.Transportation minister Yevegny Dietrich said it was too early to decide whether to ground the planes in Russia, and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the decision was not within President Vladimir Putin’s power.




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